Tennis Champions Game

Tennis Champions: Beat Dandy Hurray and Win the Tournament

Tennis is a sophisticated game requiring speed, technique and endurance yet it that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Anybody who can hold a racquet can try their hand at mastering the sport though some people still prefer its virtual counterpart. That being said, if you're looking for a casual game to fill in some boring breaks and aren't ready to invest time into figuring out complicated controls, then this title may just be a perfect fit.

Master your lobs and chops as you rally your way to first place in Tennis Champions. Because its basic mechanics can be counted on one hand, this simple game should be easy to pick up and play regardless of your tennis know-how.

The control system for Tennis Champions is purely mouse-based. You move around the court by sliding your mouse. Anticipate the area where an incoming ball will land in order to position your character properly. Press the left mouse button once the ball is within reach. Your shot direction will vary depending on the ball's position when it is hit. It is best to position your character on the side of an incoming ball.

On the other hand, if you are serving for that round, simply click to throw the ball up in the air and click again to hit it. Unless you're clicking like crazy or aren't really paying much attention, it will take some effort to miss a serve. The game is pretty lenient when it comes to timing hits, though you will still have to be in the area of a ball's landing, more or less.

In the looks department, Tennis Champions has good points and bad points. We hated the main menu's awful line art. Not only are the body proportions of the tennis player weird looking, he also looks like he's in pain judging from his facial expression. Now that horrible image aside, we actually like Tennis Champions' in-game graphics. The environment and character textures are on point, giving the game its own stylish look. The colors are bright, yet softened by gradient panels so it forgoes the generic, cartoony look that is so often used by online casual games. Even pausing the game looks spiffy with the backgrounds being blurred behind the menu.

We have no qualms with the game's audio design. The sound clips are crisp and heard slightly above the relaxing background tunes. Boos and cheers are heard clearly without being grating. The background music itself is catchy and the volume is softly toned down as the tournament commences, eliminating any aural distractions in-game.

Now let's get down to the nitty-gritty: is Tennis Champions even worth a look? Well, it really depends on what you're looking for in a tennis game. Its limited controls are pretty easy to learn yet it also lacks the technical precision genre veterans are looking for. Most of the time it's just a matter of luck as being able to guess where your opponent will direct a ball is more than half the battle already. On the plus side, the game is pleasing in terms of graphics (ignore the main menu, please) and sounds. It also gets some points from us just for including a character named Dandy Hurray --no, we're not kidding on that one.

All things considered, it's best to play Tennis Champions as a stepping stone from mobile tennis games to technique-based online titles. We also recommend playing it if you're looking for a casual title but are lacking the time to learn game mechanics exhaustively.